All day long, people consume information on the Web and through other apps (chat, email etc.).
A lot of that information need to be saved and organized in your company’s information system or for you to remember as an individual and perhaps act upon later.
As a result, people waste a lot of time moving data, switching apps and organizing information.
Routine’s contextual capture mechanism allows to capture information (text, website, files etc.) quickly and organize it in Routine.
Activate the integration
- Open the Routine app
- Go to ⚙️ Settings and then Integrations
- Then, click on Contextual Capture
- You should see a screen that resembles the following:
- Simply click the toggle to activate the integration
In order for the contextual capture to work, Routine needs to be granted additional permissions on your macOS operating system so as to capture the information you consume: highlighted text, visited website, selected file etc.
To set up the permissions, please follow the steps below:
- Open your browser e.g Google Chrome, Safari, Arc etc.
- Navigate to a Web page e.g https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chatgpt-developer-openai-seeks-90bn-valuation-qpmsn7xbf
- Then open the by pressing the hotkey e.gDashboard
- A pop-up should appear asking you to grant accessibility permissions to Routine:
- Click on
Open System Settings
- It will open the System Preferences panel for Accessibility
- Click on the toggle next to Routine to grand permission
- You might need to enter your macOS administrator password to allow modifying the settings
- Another pop-up should appear right away, this time for Routine to access your browser (Google Chrome in this example):
- Finally, the dashboard should open with the console pre-filled with information related to the Web page you are visiting:
With this procedure, all the Chrome-based apps such as Slack, Discord, Notion, Spotify etc. and the native apps e.g Apple Notes will work whenever you select an item (song in Spotify, text in Apple Notes etc.).
However, macOS will require that you grant permission on a per-app basis, often browsers. For instance, Safari, Google Chrome, Arc etc. all have a dedicated permission:
Likewise, the Finder has a dedicated permission:
Some applications do not function perfectly with the contextual capture:
An issue has been filed in 2022 for Firefox to support Apple Script. We’re patiently waiting 🤞.
When capturing a website without highlighting text, a beep sound will be emitted.
Even though Routine gets access to additional permissions on your operating system, Routine will never capture information without your consent.
You, as the user, decide when this mechanism is triggered, and ultimately decides whether the context (website, app, highlighted text) should be saved or not.